Apps Crashing on macOS Monterey? Here's the Fix

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Jerome Mills
Oct 29, 20215 min read

Summary: If you are looking for a solution to your app crashing problem, look no further. In this blog, you'll learn why your app crashes on macOS Monterey and get some tips to fix the issue.

Did your app crash unexpectedly after updating to macOS Monterey? Don't worry. Although this issue is rare, it is not difficult to deal with. You can take some steps to fix it.

In this blog, we will go over why apps keep crashing on macOS Monterey and how to solve the problem.

Apps Crashing on macOS Monterey? Here's the Fix

Reasons Why Apps Keep Crashing on macOS Monterey

After upgrading to macOS Monterey, various problems may occur. The most common one is app crashes. There are many reasons for this problem. Some of them are:

  • Apps are not compatible.
  • Mac is running out of memory space.
  • Too many processes in the background.
  • Bugs in apps.

Fortunately, app crashes do not affect your Mac much. You can try some tricks to fix the problem.

How to Fix "App Crashing on macOS Monterey" Issue

Now that you know the possible reasons for the app crash. Let's see how to fix the issue.

1. Force Quit the Crashing App & Restart It

After an application crashes or freezes, the simplest solution is to force quit it and start it again.

  1. Click the Apple Menu > Force Quit.
  2. Find the crashed app in the list, select it, and click the Force Quit button.
  3. Restart the app.
Force Quit the Crashing App

If you restart the application, the system still prompts that the app has quit out unexpectedly, then you can proceed to the next step.

2. Update Your App

Incompatible apps will crash on launch. You should update them to a version compatible with macOS Monterey.

For an app downloaded from the Apple Store, open the Apple Store, click Updates in the sidebar, and update the application.

Update App with Apple Store

For an app downloaded from the Internet, you cannot update it through the Apple Store. You need to go to its official website to check if there is a new version. If so, follow the instructions on the screen to update. If not, you have to wait for a new update before you can use it again. Of course, you can also find a compatible alternative.

3. Kill Memory-Hogging Processes

As we said above, insufficient memory space can also crash your app because your app has no space to store data. So the key point is to free up your RAM.

You can use Activity Monitor to find and end processes that are memory hungry, such as Chrome, graphics design tools, video editing software, and other large programs.

  1. Open Activity Monitor via Spotlight or Launchpad.
  2. Click on the Memory tab, and you will see all the processes using your memory.
  3. Find the ones that take up a lot of space and double-click on their icons to stop them.
Kill Memory-Hogging Processes with Activity Monitor

Alternatively, you can use BuhoCleaner to free up RAM with one click. BuhoCleaner's Menu app can also help you monitor memory usage in real-time. Click the button below to have a try.

4. Clear App Cache

An app cache file contains files, images, multimedia, java scripts, and other data. Cache files can speed up the loading of an application when you revisit it. If you are experiencing a crashing problem with your application, clearing the app caches may help you fix the issue. Don't worry. Clearing cache files will not harm your app. It will only make the app load slower than before.

To clear an app's cache, press Shift + Command + G on a Finder window to open the Go to Folder window, paste the folder location ~/Library/Caches, and click the Go button. Find the crashing app's folder in the Caches folder, go into it, and drag files inside to trash.


Related Article: How to Clear Your Cache Files on a Mac

5. Delete App Preference Cache

Applications' preference files are often saved in .plist extensin. They are cached. Deleting them will reset the preferences of applications.

Here's what you should do:

  1. Click the Go menu in the Finder and choose Library. (If you don't see the Library option, press the Option key while clicking the Go menu.)
  2. In the Library list, find Preference, click on it and locate the plist file of the crashed app.
  3. Right-click on the plist file and select Move to Trash.
  4. Empty the Trash.

6. Uninstall and Reinstall the Crashed App

Still can't solve the app crashing problem? Try to uninstall and reinstall the crashed app.

Please note that it's essential to uninstall the app completely. Simply dragging the app to the trash won't thoroughly remove it from your Mac. Its associated files are still on your hard drive. To entirely remove the application, you also need to find and delete its related files using Finder.

  1. In the Finder, click the Go menu and then select Library.
  2. Check the following folders to the app-related files.
  • Application Support
  • Caches
  • Preferences
  • Saved Application State
  1. Empty the Trash data.

Alternatively, you can use third-party application uninstallers like BuhoCleaner to remove the crashed app with one click. BuhoCleaner is one of the best Mac cleaners and app removers. With this handy tool, you can get rid of the application and its associated files without any hassle. Moreover, you can also use BuhoCleaner to find and delete residual files of uninstalled apps.

  1. Just download and install BuhoCleaner on your Mac. (It is compatible with macOS Monterey.)
  2. Launch it and select the App Uninstall option.
    Quickly Uninstall Apps on Mac
  3. Click the Scan button and find the crashing app you want to remove from the result list.
  4. Check the boxes next to the unwanted app and click on the Remove button.
    Uninstall Apps on Mac with BuhoCleaner
  5. To remove the remnants of the uninstalled apps, switch to Leftovers, check the files you want to remove, and click the Remove button.

7. Restart Your Mac

It's a good idea to restart your Mac often. Rebooting can solve a lot of problems with Mac.

Just click the Apple Menu and select Restart.


Hopefully, you have solved the Mac app crashing problem on macOS Monterey.

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